Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education (10171.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Education|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Education||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of current health and safety requirements and the skills to promote children?s awareness and appreciation of these in combination with children's own agency and promotion of safe and healthy behaviours;
2. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to promote healthy eating, nutritious provision and handling and appropriateness of hygienic and healthy eating and drinking routines and rituals;
3. Demonstrate the skills of establishing and maintaining safe and healthy environments for children as a foundation to a curriculum of education underpinned by a reciprocal ethos of caregiving for self and others;
4. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills combining caregiving routines in educative pedagogies to ensure the physical, mental and cultural wellbeing of children; and
5. Demonstrate how pedagogies can support children's development of a strong sense of wellbeing so that they can recognise and contribute to an increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing and that of others.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
This unit explores how early childhood teachers can ensure that children’s health and safety in well supervised environments where regulations are meet within a context of children gaining a strong sense of wellbeing and responsibility for themselves and others.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||07 February 2022||On-Campus||Dr Kym Simoncini|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Kym Simoncini|
1. Roberts, L. (2012), Staying healthy in child care: preventing infectious diseases in child care, 5th Edn http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/ch43.pdf
This publication is freely available. Please order your copy from National Mailing and Marketing
PO Box 7077
Canberra BC ACT 2610
Phone: 02 6269 1080
2. Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Framework (ACECQA), 2011, Guide to the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations, viewed 2 February 2015 http://files.acecqa.gov.au/files/National-Quality-Framework-Resources-Kit/NQF03-Guide-to-NQS-130902.pdf
3. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). 2009. Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. viewed 2 February 2015 http://files.acecqa.gov.au/files/National-Quality-Framework-Resources-Kit/belonging_being_and_becoming_the_early_years_learning_framework_for_australia.pdf
Additional resources will be made available on the unit Canvas site.
Useful websites and other resources
http://www.worksafety.act.gov.au/health_safety [date visited 1/2/15]
Office For Children, Youth and Family Support, 2012 Keeping Children And Young People Safe, ACT Government Publishing Services. Australia (This booklet will be given out for free to each student at the workshops)
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
All assessment items required to be submitted online must be submitted via the appropriate Canvas drop box. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item to the right submission section. Assignments must be submitted in a format accessible to the assessor(s), as stated on the relevant canvas site. If the unit convener and/or tutor are unable to access a submission, a standard late penalty of 5% of the total marks possible for the task may be applied per day until the assignment is made accessible.
Special assessment requirements
Successful completion of professional experience, mandatory workshops and an aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Provision of valid documentation
Please note that the University takes student conduct very seriously. All documentation provided to University staff must be valid and the provision of fraudulent documentation carries with it potentially serious consequences, including suspension and/or exclusion from the University. Note that all allegations of student misconduct will be referred to the Associate Dean for Education (ADE) as a prescribed authority for investigation.
40 hours professional experience
40 hours workshops
40 hours clinical /professional practice
30 hours assessment preparation
Attendance at all scheduled sessions in this unit is compulsory and absences could result in a fail. All absences need to be supported by appropriate documentation (e.g., medical certificate).
Successful engagement with all learning activities in this accredited Initial Teacher Education course is necessary to demonstrate that you have met the Graduate career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL, 2011).
It is recognised that sometimes absence is unavoidable. If you are absent for more than two sessions, however, your engagement with the unit could be considered unsatisfactory.
Required IT skills
Basic computer skills are assumed.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves a professional experience practicum and therefore, additional student responsibilities are required in addition to those described in section 6. Work-place learning requires strict adherence to professional practice principles and ethics.
Students are required to undergo a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) background check to undertake a placement for the unit. Students are responsible for arranging their own checks through the ACT Office of Regulatory Services (click here). No fee is charged if students select 'volunteer' when applying for a check. Note that the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act only applies to the ACT.
For students undertaking placements in other states or territories, it may be that a Police Check or a Working with Children Check is required.
The 40 hours of professional experience for this unit, are in addition to any further hours required by other UC Early childhood units. For example if a student is completing a full time study load of 4 EC units, the total hours of professional experience will be 4 x 40 hours.
Students will be allocated placement by CIT placement coordinators. Students are not able to arrange their own placements and must abide by CIT standards and requirements for professional experience. A copy is available of Canvas.